When it was revealed earlier this week that Gardner Minshew II would follow up his big Thursday Night Football win for the Jacksonville Jaguars by making his way to Pullman for the Washington State Cougars vs. UCLA Bruins, you knew he was going to be front and center.
WSU’s favorite son didn’t disappoint, even if his magic couldn’t rub off on his former teammates.
Minshew’s night started with a meet-and-greet with fans, and there were a lot of people who were very excited to see him:
No fast passes to see Gardner Minshew today. This is the line you’ve got to wait in. pic.twitter.com/Yl3IN5P7qu— Theo Lawson (@TheoLawson_SR) September 22, 2019
He spent some time holding court:
Jorts SZN pic.twitter.com/ClqkfQ4XlC— SportsNation (@SportsNation) September 22, 2019
Only the important questions, though:
Gardner Minshew said his mom was the first one to tell him about the endorsement offer from adult entertainment website Cam Soda.— Theo Lawson (@TheoLawson_SR) September 22, 2019
“She wasn’t too happy with it so I kind of let her decide on that one.” pic.twitter.com/Bv1J7CxxNI
Then he made his way into the stadium to raise the flag before the game:
Gardner Minshew, Peyton Pelluer, Hunter Dale and Nick Begg raise the #WSU flag before kickoff. pic.twitter.com/n3QqgvqPr0— Theo Lawson (@TheoLawson_SR) September 22, 2019
#MinshewMania is back in Pullman— ESPN (@espn) September 22, 2019
Gardner Minshew returns to Washington State to raise the flag. pic.twitter.com/MOoSJTt0ei
Stationed on the sidelines for the game, there was no possible way that he was going to make it through the evening without an interview for the ESPN broadcast. Again, only the important questions:
.@GardnerMinshew5 cut his own jorts. pic.twitter.com/4XlO3p8VcN— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) September 22, 2019
In what should have been a fun twist, Minshew got to watch his successor, Anthony Gordon, break his school record for touchdown passes in a game — Minshew threw for seven touchdowns in last season’s 69-28 win over the Arizona Wildcats, and Gordon threw for nine TDs on Saturday in an insane 570-yard performance. But somehow, it wasn’t enough to win the game, ruining everyone’s fun.